October 1, 2018

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today recognized three West Virginia schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2018. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. The state’s 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools are Allen T. Allison Elementary, Hancock County; East Lynn Elementary, Wayne County; Mount Lookout Elementary, Nicholas County.

“I’m pleased to celebrate with you as your school is named a National Blue Ribbon School,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in a video message to the honorees. “We recognize and honor your important work in preparing students for successful careers and meaningful lives. Congratulations on your students’ accomplishments and for your extraordinary commitment to meeting their unique needs.”

“It is a privilege to have three National Blue Ribbon Schools in our state. The administrators, faculty and staff at these schools all share in this honor because it is a distinction which sets a very rigorous national standard to achieve,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steven Paine. “Schools across our state are working in very challenging climates to support students and advance learning. Earning this accomplishment is no small task, and I am very proud to have these elementary schools representing our state,” he said.

The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. 

Now in its 36th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed recognition on more than 8,800 schools. On November 7 and 8, the Secretary and the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) will celebrate with all honorees at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

All schools are honored in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student scores and graduation rates:

  • Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
  • Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s subgroups and all students over the past five years.

 Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. The USDE invites National Blue Ribbon School nominations from the top education official in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Department of Defense Education Activity and the Bureau of Indian Education. Private schools are nominated by The Council for American Private Education (CAPE).